Vincent Scully Prize

The Vincent Scully Prize was established in 1999 to recognize exemplary practice, scholarship or criticism in architecture, historic preservation and urban design. Created by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the award first honored the distinguished Yale professor and namesake of the award, author and educator, Vincent Scully.
The Museum’s website states that the Prize is awarded annually, however no award was made in 2003, 2004, 2015 or 2016. These omissions are not explained on the website.[1]
The 2014 Prize was presented to former talk show host Charlie Rose. The Museum website no longer lists Rose as a winner of the Prize.[2]
The National Building Museum awards two other annual prizes: the Honor Award for individuals and organizations who have made important contributions to the U.S.'s building heritage, and the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology.

Prince Charles accepts the 2005 Scully Prize from Professor Vincent Scully at the National Building Museum.


Number Year Recipient
I. 1999 Vincent Scully[3]
II. 2000 Jane Jacobs
III. 2001 Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
IV. 2002 Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
V. 2005 His Highness the Aga Khan established The Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1977
VI. 2005 His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, for long-standing interest in the built environment and commitment to creating urban areas with human scale
VII. 2006 Phyllis Lambert, architect, educator, activist, philanthropist and founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and planning director for the Seagram Building
VIII. 2007 Witold Rybczynski, architecture critic, author and professor
IX. 2007 Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
X. 2008 Robert A. M. Stern, Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture
XI. 2009 Christopher Alexander, architect, architecture theorist, author and professor
XII. 2010 Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president of the American Academy in Rome[4]
XIII. 2011 William K. Reilly, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency[5]
XIV. 2012 Paul Goldberger, architecture critic [6]
XV. 2013 Joshua David and Robert Hammond, the co-founders of the Friends of the High Line in New York City[7]
XVI. 2014 Charlie Rose, executive producer, executive editor, and host of Charlie Rose[8]
XVII. 2017 Laurie Olin, landscape architect[9]
XVIII. 2018 Inga Saffron, architecture critic, and Robert Campbell, FAIA, architecture critic[10]
XIX. 2019 Elizabeth K. Meyer


  1. ^ “National Building Museum – Awards” Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ “National Building Museum – Awards” Retrieved 8 November 2018.
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  4. ^ Henrika Taylor (2010-09-24). "Adele Chatfield-Taylor to receive Vincent Scully Prize".
  5. ^ "Vincent Scully Prize: William K. Reilly". National Building Museum. November 8, 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  6. ^ "National Building Museum Names Paul Goldberger as the Fourteenth Laureate of the Vincent Scully Prize". National Building Museum. August 29, 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Natl Bldg Museum Website". Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Natl Bldg Museum Website". Retrieved 31 Oct 2014.
  9. ^ Chelsea Blahut, "Laurie Olin Announced as the 17th Laureate of Vincent Scully Prize", Architect, September 07, 2017.
  10. ^ "2018 Scully Prize: Essential Reading". National Building Museum. Retrieved 11 March 2019.

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